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Friday
May182012

Operation "MELAMED"

Several days after the passing of Yossi Melamed on 10 Iyar - May 2, one of the featured photographers here at the Living Archive, some members of the archive team have come up with an ambitious goal of making an exhibit of Yossi and his collection. But here's the catch -- they want to launch it  in time for Yossi's Shloshim (30 days after one's passing)!

Archive Director Dekel Hamatian discusses logistics of the project with Senior Archivist Shloimie Morosow

Since this project was launched, a group of archivists have begun working around the clock to turn the dream into a reality. The project includes scanning tens of thousands of photos from the original 35mm negatives. (The scanning project actualy began a year ago. But now the archive staff have thrown themselves into it 24/6!)


The archive team fully unleashed on the project!

 

Senior Video Editor Yanky Ascher cleans and fine tunes photos for the gallery, proving that he knows much more than video editing!

After negatives are scanned and added to the internal content management system, Shloimie Morosow and Elkanah Shmotkin work on curating the exhibition, selecting the most unique and striking photos from each batch. After all the photos are reviewed, 40 finalists will be chosen to appear in the exhibition.

Workflow:

 

Stage1

Logging and organizing all photos into archive-grade acid-free sleeves.

 

Stage 2

Scanning the original negatives to digital form.

 

Stage 3

Hi-rez files are backed-up on LTO tapes, and sent to offsite storage. Original negatives are returned to secure offsite storage.

 

Stage 4 

Basic batch color correction is done.

 

Stage 5

Photos are migrated to the content management system.

 

Stage 6

In the CMS, a senior researcher and archivist begins to enter metadata to these photos, including: Date, Location, Event, Basic People and technical info regarding the format and how it was preserved etc.

This part can be really tricky as many photos don't have any desctiption by the original phtographer, so we have to do some detective-work. In most cases, the envelope with the photographer's original notes provide enough clues to start this process.

This difficult and extremely time-consuming step is vital. Once the proper metadata is entered into the historic record, the material becomes searchable in a whole host of ways.

Stage 7 

Photos which are selected for the exhibition are color corrected and touched up. A good photo restorer doesn't change the scene; he merely removes any deficiencies. Fine-tuning Yossi's already beautiful photos brings out the beauty of the moment, making truly worthy of what will surely be a world-class exhibition!

Researcher-Archivist Motti Hazan adds metadata to a batch of photos. On the right-hand screen is a scan of the photographer's original envelope

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